Utah Beats Out Arizona to Become First State With Official "State Gun"

There's a winner in the race to become the first gun-crazy state to have it's own official state firearm -- and it's not Arizona.

Earlier this week, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill designating the Browning model M1911 automatic pistol as the official state firearm, leaving Arizona in the hunt for -- at the very best -- a silver medal in the race for symbolic expressions of Second Amendment silliness.

Arizona currently has a bill working its way through the state legislature that would make the Colt single-action Army revolver the official state firearm.

More than 40 Arizona state legislators have signed on to the bill, including all the usual suspects of right-wing kookery like Senate President Russell Pearce, and Representative Judy Burgess, who seem hell-bent on making Arizona the laughing stock of the entire country. See the names of rest of the legislators who have signed on to the bill here.

Aside from Utah, Arizona would be the only state in the entire country to have an official state gun.

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